Josh Marshall: The Case of Michelle Jones (TPM)
Jones, now 45, just finished a 20-year stint in prison for killing her 4-year old son. It's not entirely clear to me from the story - and I sense it was never entirely clear - whether Jones intentionally killed her son in a discreet act of violence or whether he died from some combination of physical beatings and neglect. Regardless, the ghastliness of the crime is not in dispute. Jones was originally sentenced to 50 years in prison and was released after 20 years for good behavior.
"Home on the Range" is a classic western folk song sometimes called the "unofficial anthem" of the American West. The lyrics were originally written by Dr. Brewster M. Higley of Smith County, Kansas, in a poem entitled "My Western Home" in 1872. In 1947, it became the state song of the U.S. state of Kansas. In 2010, members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 western songs of all time.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
Home on the Range.
Home on the Range.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Home on the Range
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
CBS fills the night with LIVE'The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'Sunday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
ABC begins the night with a RERUN'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a RERUN'Celebrity Family Feud', then a FRESH'Steve Harvey's Funderdome', followed by a FRESH'The $100,000 Pyramid'.
The CW offers the FRESH'Countdown To The Emmys: The Golden Age', followed by 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux fills the night with LIVE'NFL Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.
MY has an old 'Anger Management', followed by another old 'Anger Management', then an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.
A&E has 'Storage Wars', another 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH'Storage Wars'.
AMC offers 'Fear The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'Fear The Walking Dead', then a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] TOP GEAR AMERICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-The Best
[7:00AM] HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Australia's Red Centre
[7:30AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5
[8:30AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6
[9:30AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7
[10:30AM] WEIRD WONDERS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8
[11:30AM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1
[12:30PM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2
[1:30PM] NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3
[2:30PM] QUANTUM OF SOLACE (2008)
[5:00PM] CASINO ROYALE (2006)
[8:00PM] TOP GEAR AMERICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Time Capsule
[9:00PM] CASINO ROYALE (2006)
[12:00AM] QUANTUM OF SOLACE (2008)
[2:30AM] TOP GEAR AMERICA - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Time Capsule
[3:30AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - EPISODE 1
[4:30AM] TOP GEAR - SEASON 22 - EPISODE 2 (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by a FRESH'Shahs Of Sunset', another 'Shahs Of Sunset', 'Real Housewives Of OC', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Office Space', followed by the movie 'The Longest Yard'.
FX has the movie 'Marvel's The Avengers', followed by the movie 'Spy', then a FRESH'The Strain'.
[6:00AM] A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
[8:15AM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
[10:45AM] A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
[1:00PM] MACHETE KILLS
[3:30PM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
[6:00PM] FIRST BLOOD
[8:00PM] RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II
[10:15PM] RAMBO III
[12:30AM] FIRST BLOOD
[2:30AM] RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II
[4:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Reggie Watts Wears a Purple and Yellow Quilted Sweatshirt
[5:15AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber Wears A Purple Top Hat & Fabrice Fabrice 5:45AMCOMEDY BANG! BANG!-Kathryn Hahn (ALL TIMES EDT)
[7:00AM] The Sons of Katie Elder
[10:00AM] A Fistful of Dollars
[12:30PM] The Hurt Locker
[6:30PM] The Grey
[9:00PM] Hatfields & McCoys-Episode 1
[11:30PM] A Fistful of Dollars
[2:00AM] The Sons of Katie Elder
[5:30AM] M*A*S*H (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Charlie & The Chocolate Factory', followed by the movie 'Maleficent'.
Conservatives have often pointed to states' rights to defy federal laws - and Bill Maher says left-leaning California is finally getting in on the action.
"Now that Gov. Jerry Brown of California is signing separate climate change treaties with China in defiance of our federal government, conservatives can't complain," Maher said on his HBO show "Real Time" on Friday night.
Maher pointed out that the script has flipped from the 1960s, when Alabama Gov. George Wallace physically blocked the door of the University of Alabama to prevent black students from enrolling.
"Now the white supremacists are the federal government, and it's liberal states that are under siege from federal overreach," Maher said. "We are trying to defend our way of life here and what we believe in. We believe in sanctuary cities and pollution control and legalized pot and gun control and Obamacare and a woman's right to choose… and we're going to defend them. We da rebels now!"
Maher did his best deep-south accent to make his point. "We don't need no outside agitators with their 'Make America Great Again' caps coming in here to our clean state and telling us to take down our solar panels," he said with an over-the-top drawl. "And in our state, we use Tiki torches the way they're supposed to be used - for lesbian weddings on the beach."
A man carries a sign as he walks through a rally on the National Mall in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in support of Donald Trump in what organizers are calling 'The Mother of All Rallies."
Photo by Susan Walsh
The violent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month was nothing more than "a total hoax" orchestrated by liberals who supported Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, according to a hard-right Republican representative.
"It's all baloney," Dana Rohrabacher (R-Puti's Puto) told the San Francisco Chronicle, speaking of the rally where police said a car driven by a white supremacist injured 19 and killed counterprotester Heather Heyer.
"It was left-wingers who were manipulating them in order to have this confrontation," Rohrabacher said Thursday, in an effort to "put our president on the spot."
The Unite the Right rally held August 12 was attended by avowed white nationalist Richard Spencer, who helped lead a torchlit rally around a statue of Confederate army general Robert E. Lee in central Charlottesville the night before. Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin of the Daily Stormer website also promoted and defended the event online.
Yet that's all bunk according to Rohrabacher, who pinned the events on a former "Hillary and Bernie supporter" who got Civil War re-enactors together to protect the statue of Lee, which would be removed under a proposal before Charlottesville's City Council.
The video has gone viral. People all over the world have seen it, and the majority are stunned by what they witnessed.
Manatee County called a crucial press conference as Hurricane Irma approached the Tampa Bay area. On Friday, September 8, county leaders were assembled at the podium and prepared to address the public. The Emergency Operations Center in Manatee County was up and running, ready to announce crucial information.
County leaders told WFLA that they were, "in a pinch," and needed an interpreter for the deaf. So they called on a county employee, a man named Marshall Greene who works as a member of the marine rescue unit in the county as a lifeguard. His bosses knew he had an understanding of sign language to communicate with a deaf older brother. So the employee was asked to step in and convey the information on evacuation order.
Nothing Greene said during the press conference made sense.
Chris Tomlin plays a sousaphone as protesters gather, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in downtown St. Louis, after a judge found a white former St. Louis police officer, Jason Stockley, not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a black man, Anthony Lamar Smith, who was fatally shot following a high-speed chase in 2011.
Photo by Jeff Roberson
About 800 years ago, a teenage soldier named Laurentius Loricatus accidentally killed a man. He spent the next 34 years in a cave in Italy atoning for his crime, burning his face with a hot iron and wearing a hooked chain-mail shirt directly on his skin as penance.
Loricatus' story is known today because the villagers near his cave petitioned for his sainthood on a 16-foot-long (5 meters) parchment that now resides in the Vatican Secret Archives in Vatican City. However, much of the scroll has been damaged by mysterious purple spots - and the spots are similar to ones that mar parchments made of animal skins all over the world, said Luciana Migliore, an ecotoxicologist at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
Using Loricatus' scroll, Migliore and her colleagues have finally pinpointed the culprit that damaged all of these parchments: salt-loving marine microbes . This was a shock, Migliore said, because the parchment had been nowhere near the sea.
"When my students came to me, saying, 'Luciana, we found marine bacteria,' I told them, 'Repeat, please; there is a mistake. There must be a mistake!'" Migliore said.
The surprising finding was the result of applying new technology to an old problem. Migliore is a toxicologist who usually works on marine plants. At a friend's behest, she started teaching biology in a conservation-and-restoration program.
Republican Who Opposed Relief Funding Now In Charge Of Recovery Effort
A Republican politician who opposed funding for Hurricane Harvey relief is now in charge of Congressional efforts to help Texas recover from the storm.
Texas Representative Joe Barton voted against the $15.25bn federal relief package that Congress offered to help rebuild Texas after the hurricane hit. Mr Barton was one of only 90 Republicans, and four Texas legislators, who voted against the deal. Both Republican senators from the state voted yes.
The longtime Republican Representative, considered by many to be the leader of Texas delegation, voted against the Harvey relief package because it was tied to an increase in the federal debt ceiling.
"I am not against voting for relief programmes to help hurricane victims," Mr Barton said in a statement at the time. "But I am against raising the public debt ceiling without a plan to reduce deficits in the short term, and eliminate them in the long term."
Indeed, Mr Barton did support an earlier plan to provide $7.9bn in relief funding, without raising the debt ceiling. That plan was squashed, however, when President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) made a deal with the Democrats to temporarily raise the ceiling in exchange for Harvey relief funding.
Protesters gather in front of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, during a rally encouraging Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan to defend American democracy from Russian interference.
Photo by Susan Walsh
An attempt to get the perfect location for shooting the Netflix show Narcos has ended in tragedy with the location scout shot dead. Carlos Munoz Portal's body was found inside his car on Monday riddled with bullets in a remote location in Mexico.
Portal's body was inside his car in a remote location in Central Mexico, close to Hildago. The city of Hildago has "one of the highest murder rates in Mexico," according to Fox News.
This highly respected veteran location scout was discovered on a dirt road in San Bartolo Actopan, which is in the municipality of Temascalapa in Mexico. His death was reported by several Mexican journalists on the social media sites.
One of Portal's friends told reporters that he had taken a camera with him for taking pictures of the spots he was scouting. His friend suggested, "Maybe they thought he was collecting information and they started tracking him in a car."
A former Trump adviser has accused the US President-for-now of hanging him and other ex-staffers out to dry over their spiralling legal costs because of the investigation into the Republican campaign's alleged links to Russia.
Another ex-campaign aide also revealed he had been forced to use his children's college fund to pay for a lawyer to represent him during probes by special counsel Robert Mueller and Congress.
Speaking to the Washington Examiner, one former Trump campaign adviser, Michael Caputo, said he was paying a substantial amount in legal costs.
"It's very expensive and nobody's called me and offered to help," he said.
"The problem is, it's very specialised representation, so it takes a certain type of attorney, and they're quite competent. And you'll pay for competency."
Protesters march, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in St. Louis, after a judge found a white former St. Louis police officer, Jason Stockley, not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a black man, Anthony Lamar Smith, who was fatally shot following a high-speed chase in 2011.
Photo by Jeff Roberson
An activist protesting President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement admitted to vandalizing the Charging Bull statue on Wall Street and was arrested.
The New York City Police Department said that the bull statue was found covered in blue paint this week, and the Fearless Girl statue that stands across from it was wearing a sash that said "Draw the blue line," CNBC reported.
Courtney Fallon, of Greenpoint, was arrested and charged with graffiti and criminal mischief the NYPD told CNBC.
Draw The Blue Line is the name of a group protesting Trump's Paris agreement decision. The name represents the idea of covering the world with horizontal blue lines to signify rising sea levels, Fallon told CNBC in an email.
Fallon said she hoped the movement would catch the attention of United Nations members and delegates who might consider pushing climate agreement commitments further.
An auction by disgraced pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli for his unique copy of a Wu-Tang Clan album has ended with a bid of more than $1 million -- and plenty of questions.
The brash mogul, who bought the celebrated rap ensemble's sole edition of "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" in 2015, last week put it up for sale. But on Wednesday he was sent to jail, with a judge revoking his bail after he threatened Hillary Clinton.
The winning bidder's identity was not known but the user's eBay profile shows that he or she has frequently sought out CDs and music memorabilia.
With Shkreli behind bars, it is unclear when or how "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" will find its way to its buyer. Fans were already in for a wait; the Wu-Tang Clan had decreed that the music will not be available until the year 2103, although the owner is free to play it at private parties.
Bloomberg News in an investigation published on Thursday said it was possible that "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" was not an actual Wu-Tang Clan album but rather an elaborate set-up by the Moroccan producer Cilvaringz, who sought out contributions from members of the group.
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